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2016 Great Apes Evaluation Report

August 1, 2017

The overall goal of the Arcus Great Ape Program (GAP) is to achieve conservation and respect for great apes and gibbons. The foundation tracks and assesses the progress and effects of the Great Ape Program through a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system that enables it to gather and analyze data from a variety of sources—grantees, conservationists in the field and in academic research settings, and relevant databases—to measure progress along specific indicators and milestones to assess the status of goals, outcomes, and targets. The 2016 Monitoring and Evaluation report presents the program's progress against baselines set in 2010;highlights important issues that will inform and shape broader strategy of GAP; and provides a indication of impact since the previous 2013 evaluation and 2010 baselines.

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Healthy Places NC: 10 Years That Changed the Way We Work

April 3, 2024

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust launched an ambitious place-based program in 2012 to improve health in rural communities around our home state of North Carolina. Over the last decade, the Trust worked with residents to develop community-driven strategies to improve health outcomes in 10 rural counties, providing more than $100 million in grants and support to these communities.This report looks back at this work and offers key findings about what the Trust and Healthy Places NC counties accomplished. It identifies challenges and provides lessons for other funders interested in rural place-based work. We hope this 10-year evaluation serves as a resource to others investing in long-term community-led change. 

Piloting the Survivor Leadership Fund: Lessons and Insights from Kenya and Uganda, Summary Evaluation Report

January 15, 2024

The Survivor Leadership Fund (SLF), initiated by the Freedom Fund, is a pioneering initiative developed to support survivor-led organisations tackling modern slavery. Launched in 2021, the SLF provides unrestricted grants, allowing flexibility in fund utilisation to enhance organisational capabilities and amplify impact.An external evaluation was conducted by the African Institute for Children Studies (AICS) during 2022-2023 with the primary aim of assessing the impact of the SLF on the seven survivor-led organisations in Kenya and Uganda that were selected for the inaugural pilot round of the SLF. The study adopted mixed methods design and included qualitative methods such as key informant interviews (KIIs) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) and quantitative data collection through Polling Booth Surveys (PBS). Sixty-eight stakeholders linked to the grantee organisations participated, providing insights into decision-making processes, programmatic impacts, advantages, obstacles and potential areas for improvement. 

P-TECH 9-14 Pathways to Success: Implementation, Impact, and Cost Findings from the New York City P-TECH 9-14 Schools Evaluation

October 30, 2023

The New York City P-TECH 9-14 schools are an educational model that ties together the secondary, higher education, and workforce systems to improve outcomes across domains. The distinguishing feature of the model is a partnership among a high school, a community college, and one or more employer partners that focuses on preparing students for both college and careers within six years.P-TECH 9-14 schools collaborate with local colleges to provide students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma within four years, followed by a cost-free, industry-recognized associate's degree. During the six-year program, employer partners provide students with work-based learning experiences such as internships, mentoring, and job shadowing. This model has proliferated rapidly both nationally and internationally since the first school was opened in Brooklyn, NY in 2010.This study provides impact, implementation, and cost study findings from the first rigorous evaluation of the model, examining the first seven P-TECH 9-14 schools that opened in New York City. The study follows entering classes of students for seven years after they begin ninth grade, which would carry them through the end of their expected high school graduations and through three years of postsecondary education. The study takes advantage of the random lottery process created by the New York City high school admissions system to identify the model's effects: It compares students who won lotteries to attend P-TECH 9-14 schools (the P-TECH 9-14 group) with students who applied but did not win (the comparison group). It also includes an in-depth implementation study that assesses how schools carried out the model, and a cost-effectiveness study that examines costs per college degree earned for P-TECH 9-14 schools compared with other schools.

Parks After Dark Evaluation Brief, July 2023

July 31, 2023

In this infographic brief, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research provides information from their evaluation of the 2022 Parks After Dark (PAD) program in Los Angeles County. PAD is a Los Angeles County initiative led by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), in partnership with other County departments and community-based organizations. PAD is implemented in Los Angeles County areas with high levels of violence, obesity, and economic hardship. Thirty-four DPR parks hosted PAD between June and August 2022, after a two-year halt in programming because of the COVID-19 pandemic. PAD was offered three nights a week for eight weeks, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Mediterranean Programme: 1994-2022

March 31, 2023

MAVA's commitment to conservation in the Mediterranean was built on our founder Luc Hoffmann's engagement in the region prior to our establishment in 1994. Of particular note was his passion for three iconic wetlands – the Camargue in France, Doñana in Spain, and the Prespa Lakes in Greece, Albania, and North Macedonia – and the work he delivered in close collaboration with organisations dedicated to conserving these places, namely the Tour du Valat Foundation, WWF Spain, and WWF Greece and the Society for the Protection of Prespa. The fundamental principles behind our approach were also Luc's: trusting key people on the ground, helping develop pivotal organisations and partnerships, and practising evidence-based conservation.From an initial focus on waterbirds and wetlands, our interests gradually expanded to include work on wider marine and landscape issues in all 24 countries harbouring Mediterranean ecosystems. The Mediterranean programme was then formalised in a 2011-2015 strategy. This was broadly organised around three main pillars: conserving biodiversity and ecosystem functions; promoting sustainable management and use of natural resources; and fostering a strong and effective conservation community. This framework helped catalyse collaboration within the conservation community through promoting networks and awarding large core funding grants to strategic partners – referred to as programmatic partners – over the long term.

West Africa Programme: 1994-2022

March 21, 2023

MAVA's engagement in West Africa was preceded by the commitment of its founder, Dr. Luc Hoffmann, in the early 1980s, to one of the most emblematic sites in the sub-region: the Banc d'Arguin National Park. This support materialised in particular by the creation, in 1986, of the International Foundation of the Banc d'Arguin (FIBA, for its acronym in French) for the conservation of this wetland of global importance. Since 1994, MAVA has been active in the West African region, focusing on seven coastal countries: Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. These countries share ecological processes, natural resources and socio-cultural features as well as political processes.Coastal West Africa is characterised by a rich biodiversity that provides remarkable goods and services. The sub-region is home to one of the four main upwelling areas in the world, resulting in high fish productivity. Some estuarine areas are of global significance and constitute critical sites for migratory water birds along the Eastern Atlantic flyway. The sub-region is also home to important breeding and/or feeding areas for many seabird, sea turtle and marine mammal species. A large proportion of local communities live in and/or depend directly on the natural resources and services provided by coastal and marine ecosystems. However, many pressures threaten the healthy functioning of these ecosystems, including habitat destruction, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, poaching, uncontrolled development of coastal infrastructure, mass tourism, extractive industries...

Sustainable Economy Programme: 2013-2022

March 13, 2023

The Sustainable Economy programme was born of a desire to secure lasting impact and underpin the conservation achievements of MAVA and its partners by addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss. Its creation also reflected André Hoffmann's personal interest in using the power of the private sector to deliver positive societal change through transforming unsustainable economic models and mindsets.

Switzerland Programme: 1994-2022

March 1, 2023

From its earliest days, MAVA supported conservation in Switzerland and the Alps. What started as a collection of local projects grew into a larger programme covering priority conservation areas across the entire Alpine Arc. But as it grew, our portfolio developed a strong bias toward Swiss projects which we then consolidated in a Switzerland-only programme.MAVA engaged with and supported partners in Switzerland around four main themes:promoting a shift towards environmentally and biodiversity friendly agricultural policies and practices;advocating river protection and restoration alongside sustainable hydropowerdevelopment;creating and strengthening multistakeholder groups in areas important for biodiversity and ecological connectivity;promoting circular economy (for the last four years of the programme).

A Story of Impact and Hope: Three decades that made a difference for nature and people

December 13, 2022

In this document, we share some key achievements of the MAVA Foundation over three decades of funding conservation and sustainable economy initiatives. This is a rather monumental task given the breadth of our support, and we regret that we are unable to feature all the amazing work of our partners and their impressive achievements. Therefore, this review should be considered a representative sample of our activities rather than an exhaustive catalogue. You can find more details in MAVA's many resources, including learning products, final evaluations of our Outcome Action Plans, and final programme reviews.This review is organised around the five main legacies of MAVA, drawn from an analysis of the 500+ stories submitted to us by our partners via the MAVA Memories project.

Final Evaluation: WA4 - Sustainable Management of Offshore Oil and Gas Activities in West Africa-COBIA 2017-2022

November 29, 2022

The West African ecoregion is rich in biodiversity and provides numerous ecosystem services. But it is also a region that is environmentally sensitive. The discovery of significant hydrocarbon reserves off the West African coast, particularly in Senegal and Mauritania, and ongoing oil and gas exploration in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone, offer new development opportunities but also pose additional risks for local people and economies, and for marine and coastal ecosystems if they are not properly managed.In this context, protection of marine and coastal environments and biodiversity conservation are fast becoming priorities for West Africa. That is why we launched COBIA, a multistakeholder project designed to mitigate the environmental impacts and support the sustainable management of oil and gas activities in the West African region.

Final Evaluation: WA8 - Sustainable Management of Small Pelagic Fish Stocks and Critical Habitats in West Africa 2018-2022

November 22, 2022

In the coastal countries of West Africa, small pelagic fish are vitally important to food security. At the same time, their exploitation is a major economic and social factor, which means that these fish stocks are subject to strong pressure from the fishing industry. What's more, they are sensitive to changes in environmental conditions and face significant habitat degradation, especially at spawning sites.Our action plan worked to reduce the overexploitation of small pelagic fish by 2022, through more sustainable stock management and effective protection of critical habitats along the coast. For this, it was essential to first identify and then protect critical small pelagic habitats, produce quality data, and improve transparency in the fishing industry.

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